Persol 714 Steve McQueen Sunglasses

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The Persol 714 Steve McQueen Sunglasses won’t make us as cool as Bandito, but who better to take style cues from? They feature the iconic combination of pilot shaped lenses with a sharp keyhole bridge that McQ often sported. The cotton acetate construction is exceptionally glossy with just the right amount of bend to accommodate all head sizes. This special material is colored with pigment variations exclusive to Persol sunglasses. Acetate is not only superior to plastic in aesthetic and build, but it’s far more sustainable too.

This triumph of Italian craftsmanship isn’t just good-looking though. For convenience and protection, the sunglasses fold into the size of one lens. This impressive folding system may require ten additional manufacturing steps, but it’s about as easy to operate as a greeting card. The spots where the pieces fold are marked by a metal construction, which also serve as handsome design accents. 

The lenses are a scientifically formulated crystal to protect from the sun’s rays without sacrificing clarity. Style and structure aside, they’re genuinely more effective than most sunglasses out there.

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